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Champagne Cocktails: 50 Cork-Popping Concoctions and Scintillating Sparklers (50 Series) Hardcover – September 17, 2010

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About the Author

A. J. Rathbun is a freelance food and entertaining writer and the author of Champagne Cocktails, Wine Cocktails, Dark Spirits, Luscious Liqueurs, Party Drinks!, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals Award-winning Good Spirits. Rathbun earned his MFA in creative writing from Western Michigan University, and has worked variously as a buyer for Amazon.com, an usher at the Art Institute of Chicago, a rock band roadie, an envelope stuffer, a marketing assistant, the director of the Poetry After Hours program at the Seattle Art Museum, an online editor, a waiter, and of course, a bartender. In addition to his cookbooks, Rathbun is the editor of In Their Cups and the author of Want, two poetry collections. Rathbun has been a guest, talking about drinks, food, entertaining, and kitchen products, on numerous radio shows, including Martha Stewart's Everyday Food satellite radio program and USA Radio, has done interviews with a variety of publications, including the Seattle Times, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the Arizona Republic, and has contributed to the magazines Every Day with Rachael Ray and Wine Enthusiast, among others. He is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the Museum of the American Cocktail. He teaches cocktail classes at the cooking school Dish It Up, one of which was recently profiled in the magazine Traditional Homes. Rathbun lives in Seattle, Washington. To learn more about him and his books, and to read his blog, Spiked Punch, and check out a few of his drink-making videos, visit his website at www.ajrathbun.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: 50 Series
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press (September 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558324267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558324268
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,827,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I originally ordered this as a gift. I found many of the cocktails a bit dry (vs sweet and fruity) and complicated for the intended recipient. (Think Campari, aperol, punt e mes, various bitters, 4+ ingredients in most recipes, lots of details about specific types of bubbly...) For my gift, "The Bubbly Bar: Champagne and Sparkling Wine Cocktails for Every Occasion" turned out to be a better choice. That said, this book is to my taste. My husband and I have been enjoying it!
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Bob Dylan once said, "I don't like champagne". Well, I agree with Bob on most major issues, but here he is dead wrong. I'd imagine if he reads this fantastic book he will fall in love with the bubble juice in seconds. I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves champagne and to anyone like Bob, who don't yet know they like champagne. I have a tendency to ramble, so if you want to stop reading and go make yourself The Class of the Race (page 49) right now I would not be offended. In fact, I most likely won't ever know if you had stopped reading this. The recipes are all fascinating and the stories that accompany are thoughtful and funny. Who's Felix Kir you ask? Well, I read the recipe for the Kir Royale (I wonder what they call it in America), which is very French and found out he was the mayor of Dijon, France (presumably where they make all the mustard). I know you'd like to skip the first chapter and get right to the mixing and drinking, but that would be a terrible mistake. The Bubbly Basics are a great precursor to making any cocktails, not just the ones that contain champagne. So, buy this book, read it, then drink some champagne cocktails. I can only assume the recipe for The American Champagne Cocktail will be in the sequel?
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Very good book for getting ideas to use sparkling wines and champagne. Nice pictures. Includes "bubbly" basics and 50 recipes from a simple mimosa to much more elaborate cocktails.
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good recipes, i just was looking for recipes made with only champagne, some of these have hard alcohol in them too.
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